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Dennis et al. v. United States

By June 4, 1951

In Dennis v. United States, the Supreme Court upholds the convictions of 12 Communist Party members convicted under the Smith Act of 1940. The Court finds that the Smith Act, a measure banning speech which advocates the violent overthrow of the federal government, does not violate the First Amendment. The case has yet to be overruled.